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Road Safety Authority Campaigns

Dáil Éireann Debate, Friday - 16 September 2016

Friday, 16 September 2016

Ceisteanna (1757)

Alan Farrell

Ceist:

1757. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the investment which has been made in recent years in public awareness campaigns to increase road safety; if he will consider increasing the resources allocated to supporting such public awareness campaigns; his plans to reduce the number of fatalities on Irish roads, taking into account the 8% increase in road fatalities between 1 January and 21 July 2016 in comparison with the corresponding period in 2015; his further plans to increase the security of pedestrians on roads; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24726/16]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The increase in road fatalities in Ireland this year, which has also been experienced in other EU countries, is of significant concern. If the main objective of the 2013 - 2020 Road Safety Strategy to reduce road fatalities to no more than 124 by 2020 is to remain valid, we need to re-vitalise and strenghten our efforts to reverse this trend.

To that end, the RSA are currently pursuing a number of initiatives aimed at reducing fatalities and serious injuries among vulnerable road users (e.g. pedestrians and cyclists),  including a new programme for schools targeting children 13-16 years and a new intervention to highlight the danger of low level speeding (travelling a few kms above the speed limit) and the consequences of this for vulnerable road users. The Road Traffic Bill 2016, which has passed all stages in the Seanad and which I intend bringing before the Dáil shortly, includes an option for local authorities to apply a 20km limit in built-up areas. The application of this measure has the potential to improve the safety of pedestrians and all other vulnerable road users.

In addition, RSA mass media campaigns, coordinated  with actions planned by An Garda Síochána, will prioritise key issues, e.g., driver distraction, driver fatigue, drink-driving, speeding, non-seatbelt wearing, and worn tyres. An Garda Síochána has also confirmed that enforcement measures are being taken to address the worrying trend of an apparent increase in drink driving, specifically targeted at counties with the worst road safety record.

With respect to investment in road safety awareness, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has been self-financing since 2014 and I am fully satisfied that the Authority has adequate resources available to promote road safety.

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